Webinar Recap: Closing the Skills Gap—How to Cultivate a New Generation of Experts

Jan 11, 2016 11:51:00 AM | Posted by Ram Ramamoorthy

We hope that those of you who were able to attend our Closing the Skills Gap webinar found it informative and insightful. For those who couldn’t make it, we’ve put together a quick recap of what you missed. Speakers Ramkumar Ramamoorthy and Rachel Moore explained how to home-grow the knowledge you need to close your skills gap for good. Here’s what they had to share:

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Windows 10: Upgrade or not?

Nov 30, 2015 4:30:00 PM | Posted by Art Howell

After a major diversion with Windows 8, Microsoft has virtually started over with this version of Windows 10 and appears to be back on track with what the PC based community wants and expects. Windows 10 has fixed some of the pitfalls of Windows 8.

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Closing the Skills Gap

Nov 23, 2015 11:04:51 AM | Posted by Ram Ramamoorthy

Manufacturing is gaining momentum in the U.S., but how do we prevent the shortage of skilled workers from bringing it to a screeching halt?

Over the past decade, the manufacturing renaissance has been a driving force in the country’s economic recovery. And it makes sense — after all, every dollar spent in manufacturing returns $1.37 to the economy, and every 100 new manufacturing jobs creates an additional 250 jobs in other sectors. Yet even as the industry continues to pick up speed, the generation responsible for this resurgence is looking toward retirement.

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Fuel Gas Purge

Nov 9, 2015 11:11:39 AM | Posted by Rocky Chambers

One of the worst experiences any plant can suffer is the challenge of starting up fired equipment that has been offline for a period of time. 

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Document for a better project

Sep 30, 2015 3:45:28 PM | Posted by Jeff Haywood

Is project documentation an afterthought? Does the documentation stage of a project seem to be a tedious process? Does the customer understand the importance of proper definition? Documentation is likely the most important part of a project.

Project documentation used to define the plant process and functional requirements of the automation system.  It will give both the customer and the engineer the opportunity to mentally work through how the system should operate before any code is written.  It provides an opportunity for collaboration and review.  Proper definition will always make your projects more successful.   

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Maximize opportunities for code reuse in your control system configuration project

Sep 24, 2015 11:30:13 AM | Posted by Justin Robinson

Control system configuration projects and the ensuing maintenance can become very complicated and time consuming if not managed carefully. Here are three concepts that can move your project in the right direction.

One of the surest ways to minimize complexity and maximize efficiency is to reuse portions of the configuration where possible.  This is an objective that is easier said than done.  Control system features in this area vary widely based on the manufacturer and vintage of the control system.  There is no magic bullet for reusing technical content within and external to an automation project, but here are 3 concepts that can move your project in the right direction:

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Two MAVERICKs awarded Engineering Leaders <40 Award

Sep 21, 2015 11:32:50 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

We are very excited to announce that not one, but two of our fellow MAVERICKs have been awarded an Engineering Leaders <40 Award by Control Engineering and Plant Engineering. MAVERICK’s Justin Robinson and Miguel Gutierrez have been included on a list that is comprised of dedicated engineers that give hope to the future of manufacturing. Read on to see what Control Engineering and Plant Engineering had to say about these outstanding young engineers. 

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Switching power supply selection pointers

Sep 17, 2015 3:50:53 PM | Posted by Dan Auringer

The linear power supplies of the past are being replaced with today’s switching type that are smaller, lighter, and more cost effective, but require several additional considerations for their specification.

Over the years I have had to provide consulting/engineering for PLC and DCS control panel hardware that literally cannot be shutdown. One item most often over looked is the switching power supply. What is best suited for application? The linear power supplies of the past are being replaced with today’s switching type that are smaller, lighter, and more cost effective, but require several additional considerations for their specification.

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